Sandra L. HECHT

Sandra L. Hecht

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Sandra L. Hecht, 72, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at her Springfield home.

She was born June 28, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Paul and Rosemary Harbaugh.

Sandy met her husband, Thomas Hecht, while attending the University of Illinois, and they were married Dec. 28, 1961. They moved to the Springfield area in 1972. The couple recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise to the Amazon River in Brazil.

She worked for many years in the Illinois House and Senate, and retired as Director of Oak Ridge Cemetery in 2000. She travelled extensively with her husband and family since that time and enjoyed playing bridge with her many Springfield friends. Tom and Sandy spent their winters in Marco Island, Fla.

Survivors include her husband, Tom; two children, Kevin (wife, Laura) Hecht and Tony Hecht of Pleasant Plains; four grandchildren: David, Jennifer, Zach and Dan; three brothers: John (wife, Grace) Harbaugh of Villa Park, Ill., Norm Harbaugh of Kettering, Ohio and Tim Harbaugh of Chicago; two sisters, Peg (husband, Tom) Bowden of Lombard, Ill., and Rosemary (husband, Jim) McDonald of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Cremation will be provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Home Services-Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, IL 62704.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Sept. 17, 2013